Archive for tag: hydrotherapy

All Requirements Complete

Well everyone, I sit here writing the blog this week unofficially finished with all classes, patient visits, competency requirements, file audits and procedures, with the exception of finishing my clinic hours over the coming week.

These are the minimum requirements as they stand for me as I graduate on April 17th. In many cases, all of the interns have accomplished far more than the minimum for many of these requirements. These requirements evolve as the clinic grows and matures, so if you are starting now, you should see an expanded skillset in future trimesters!

  • Total Clinic Hours: 1230
  • Primary patient visits: 225
  • Secondary patient visits: 225
  • Total Patient visits: 450
  • First Office Intakes: 20
  • Screening (Full Body) Physical Exams: 15
  • Complaint Oriented Physical Exams: 30
  • Orthopedic Exams: 10
  • Female Sensitive Exams: 3
  • Male Sensitive Exams: 3
  • Dietary Assessments: 25
  • Dietary Modifications: 25
  • Nutritional Supplementation: 25
  • In Office Hydrotherapy: 20
  • Physical Medicine (PT): 15
  • Manipulative Therapy: 15
  • Homeopathy, Acute Remedy: 15
  • Homeopathy, Constitutional Remedy: 1
  • Botanical Medicine, Tincture: 10
  • Botanical Medicine, Product: 20
  • Venipuncture: 15
  • Lab Reporting: 15
  • Outreach Hours for Clinic: 20
  • File Audits: 15

Photo of Hydrotherapy Room with Hubbard tank
Hydrotherapy Room

Speaking of requirements, since I have finished mine I'm helping out the interns currently working on the hydrotherapy shift, assisting the 8th trimester interns with their patients, updating paperwork and mentoring those following me in clinic. I have shared a pic of one of the hydro rooms with the Hubbard tank (as a peat bath fills) and the Russian steam cabinet. In other words, plenty of work is always available in the NUHS naturopathic clinic. Patients are filling the waiting room as they discover our clinic and all it has to offer!

Well, next week will be my final blog as a naturopathic student and intern here at NUHS. I'll do my best to capture the feeling, emotions and challenges ahead with my entry next week.

Intern Skills - Hydrotherapy

This week, I'll take a look at another of the skills that Naturopathic Interns need to master prior to graduation: Hydrotherapy treatments that we perform with the patients in our clinic as well as training patients for hydrotherapy they can do at home.

Some of the reasons that people would visit our clinic for hydrotherapy include...

  • Sinus congestion
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Stress
  • Fatigue (common amongst Naturopathic Med Students)
  • Detoxification
  • Female menstrual issues

...just to name a few.

As we sit with each patient, gather the symptom picture, understand all facets of the patient's case, and work toward the center of gravity (or root cause) of the patient's complaint, we work with our clinicians to establish the best treatment strategy for our patients. Sometimes, this treatment plan includes a form of hydrotherapy.

After determining if hydrotherapy is appropriate and beneficial for our patient, we refer the patient to our hydrotherapy shift, which consists of our 7th trimester ND students. This is one of the best aspects of our program here at NUHS. Our students are not only being exposed to the clinic environment, but they are working in clinic under the direct supervision of a clinician as an observer at the halfway point in their education here, getting practical experience outside the classroom. That aside, we refer the patient with treatment plan to the hydro shift where "in office" hydrotherapy treatments such as these are performed.

Photo of Dr. Conner
Dr. Kristina Conner - ND Faculty

  • Naso-simpatico
  • Steam Inhalation
  • Russian Steam
  • Wet Sheet Pack
  • Constitutional Hydrotherapy
  • Sitz Bath
  • Poultices
  • Peat Bath

Finally, the high quality of hydrotherapy care here at NUHS is the direct result of the skill and knowledge shared by Dr. Kristina Conner, who teaches our hydrotherapy classes in the tradition of Father Kneipp and Dr. Henry Lindlahr, both pioneers of naturopathic medicine. Dr. Conner has perhaps the most thorough labs that I have experienced here at NUHS.  We are immediately thrust into treatment in a lab setting, learning the skills that are necessary for accurate diagnosis and application of hydrotherapy treatments. As a result, when we start performing hydrotherapy treatments in the clinic, we are prepared for our patients. Hydrotherapy, a powerful treatment option, is one of the more solid skillsets I will take with me from NUHS.

I will cover more of our naturopathic intern skillsets in the coming weeks. Until then, I'll be by Janse pond.